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The 100 Most Important People In History Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 02:39


It was only a matter of time before the tech world tried to rewrite history.

Stony Brook University computer science professor Steven Skiena and Google software engineer Charles B. Ward take on this ambitious task in a book published this fall: "Who's Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank."

Just as Google ranks web pages, the researchers created an algorithm that ranks historical figures by Wikipedia PageRank, article length, and readership, as well as achievement and celebrity.

Their conclusions have not come without controversy. The top 100 significant figures are overwhelming white and male. For example, Nelson Mandela, who helped end Apartheid in South Africa, ranked only 356. And just three women broke the top 100. 

Cass Sunstein of "The New Republic" wrote a sprawling analysis of their findings. She questions not only if we can measure historical significance, but whether we should and certainly why the authors relied solely on the English-language version of Wikipedia. On that note, perhaps we could call these the most important figures in Western history.

IBM: In 5 Years, Buying Local Will Beat Buying Online Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 22:11


In five years, doctors will use your DNA to keep you well. Cities will be smarter and use social feedback to make residents part of decision-making processes, and retailers will leverage the power of mobile devices to upgrade in-store buying to the point where it will be a better experience than buying online.

Or so says IBM in its annual "5 in 5" predictions report, which considers five ways technology will change the way we live within five years.

"A new era in computing will lead to breakthroughs that will amplify human abilities, assist us in making good choices, look out for us and help us navigate our world in powerful new ways," the IBM report predicts.

Here’s a breakdown of its five top predictions for the years ahead.

The classroom will learn you


5 in 5 Storymap: The Classroom Will Learn You

With the help of e-learning platforms and cloud analytics, teachers will learn more about each student and her learning styles.

“The classroom of the future will give educators the tools to learn about every student, providing them with a tailored curriculum from kindergarten to high school and on to employment,” the report reads. “In the next five years, the classroom will learn about each student using longitudinal data such as test scores, attendance and student’s behavior on e-learning platforms, not just aptitude tests.”

Cloud analytics will also predict which students need more help and then suggest measures to overcome challenges based on how they learn best.

In some cases, this is already happening. At Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia, the 14th largest U.S. school district is using big data and learning technologies in the classroom.

Buying local will beat online

5 in 5 Storymap: Buying Local Will Beat Online

Retail associates will become experts about every product in stores and place more emphasis on blending digital with the physical store shopping experience.

“As mobile devices supported by cloud computing enable individuals to share what makes them tick, their health or nutritional needs, virtual closets, social networks, retailers will soon be able to anticipate with incredible accuracy the products a shopper most wants and needs,” IBM's report read. “As a result, stores will transform into immersive destinations with experiences customized for each individual.”

Local stores will also be able to ramp up fast pickup or delivery options: "Two day shipping will feel like snail mail,” IBM added.

Doctors will use your DNA to keep you well

5 in 5 Storymap: Doctors Will Routinely Use Your DNA To Keep You Well

Treatment from doctors could be more specific and precise.

“In five years, advances in big data analytics and emerging cloud-based cognitive systems coupled with breakthroughs in genomic research and testing could help doctors to accurately diagnose cancer and create personalized cancer treatment plans for millions of patients around the world,” the IBM report said. “Smart machines will take the output of full genome sequencing and scour vast repositories of medical records and publications to learn and quickly provide specific and actionable insights on treatment options for oncologists.”

A digital guardian will protect you online

5 in 5 Storymap: A Digital Guardian Will Protect You Online

By learning about your behavior on various devices, security systems — or a digital guardian, according to IBM — will detect patterns that could lead to a cyberattack and intervene on your behalf.

“Each of us could be protected with our own digital guardian that will become trained to focus on the people and items it is entrusted with, offering a new level of identity theft protection," IBM's report continued. “Learning about users, a digital guardian can make inferences about what’s normal or reasonable activity and what’s not, acting as an advisor when they want it to.

The city will help you live there

5 in 5 Storymap: The City Will Help You Live In It

Mobile devices and social engagement will encourage citizens to build relationships with city leaders.

“Soon it will be possible for cities and their leaders to understand and digest new information freely provided by citizens, knowing which city resources are needed, where and when, so the city can dynamically optimize around the needs of the citizens,” the report read.

In Brazil, researchers are already using a crowdsourcing tool that allows users to report accessibility problems, while in Uganda, UNICEF has a social engagement tool that lets users communicate with their government and community leaders on various issues.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

Image: Flickr, MasonDan

The 10 Highest-Paid College Presidents Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Monday, 16 December 2013 18:33

Joseph Aoun - Northeastern University President

Here are the 10 highest paid college presidents:

  1. Robert J. Zimmer (University of Chicago) — $3,358,723
  2. Joseph E. Aoun (Northeastern University) — $3,121,864
  3. Dennis J. Murray (Marist College) — $2,688,148
  4. Lee C. Bollinger (Columbia University) — $2,327,344
  5. Lawrence S. Bacow (Tufts University) — $2,223,752
  6. Amy Gutmann (University of Pennsylvania) — $2,091,764
  7. Anthony J. Catanese (Florida Institute of Technology) — $1,884,008
  8. Esther L. Barazzone (Chatham University) — $1,812,132
  9. Shirley Ann Jackson (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) — $1,752,642
  10. Richard C. Levin (Yale University) — $1,652,543
The 20 Countries Where People Get Kidnapped the most Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 22:56


The proportion of global kidnappings from Latin America has halved since 2005, but Mexico still leads the pack, according to a new report from Control Risks. Asia and the Pacific had the most recorded kidnaps-for-ransom in 2013, up to 35% of global cases from 31% in 2012. Risks remain in Africa, especially in Nigeria where "the overwhelming majority of incidents taking place in the oil-producing Niger delta." "A large number of cases continued to be reported in the Middle East, fuelled by the unstable security environment created by the Syrian civil war," according to the report. "Kidnapping-for-ransom has become a common problem in Syria and Lebanon, with Lebanon ranking sixth in Control Risks’ global top ten in 2013."

Here are the top 20 countries for kidnap-for-ransom in absolute terms for 2013 (as of September 30):
1. Mexico
2. India
3. Nigeria
4. Pakistan
5. Venezuela
6. Lebanon
7. Philippines
8. Afghanistan
9. Colombia
10. Iraq
11. Syria
12. Guatemala
13. Yemen
14. Libya
15. Egypt
16. Brazil
16. Kenya (tied)
18. Nepal
19. Malaysia
19. South Africa (tied)

The Most Iconic Beverage In 80 Countries Around The World Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Monday, 09 December 2013 20:12

400,000-Year-Old Hominin DNA Throws Everything We Know About Human Evolution Into Disarray Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 03:55


Four-hundred-thousand-year-old human remains found deep in the Pit of Bones — a cave 43 feet under the ground in northern Spain — could hold the secrets of our origin. For now, however, the first analysis of ancient human genetic material has created more questions than answers.

"Right now, we've basically generated a big question mark," study researcher Matthias Meyer, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, told The New York Times.


The Pit of Bones was discovered in the 1970s and scientists have been studying it and the bones it contains ever since. So far they've found the bones of 28 ancient humans, tentatively classified as Homo heidelbergensis, dating back hundreds of thousands of years.

Amazon stock is where you need to invest! Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 22:23

Reason to invest with Amazon stocks is a a top stock to invest


Here's what Amazon's dominance looks like according to the new Synergy


UPDATE: Ed Barbini, an IBM spokesperson, disputes Synergy's conclusions. Barbini notes that "IBM's 3Q report, just last month, showed that IBM's revenue from cloud products and services reached more than $1 billion last quarter" up 70% in its first three quarters over last year, which would put it in a similar range as Amazon. He also pointed out that IBM has "1,400 cloud patents and 37,000 cloud experts worldwide."


When it comes to raking in the money on cloud computing Amazon still "dwarfs all competition," writes John Dinsdale, an analyst at market researcher Synergy in a new report.

The total cloud computing market hit $2.5 billion in revenue in Q3, up 46% the same quarter of 2012, Synergy found.

Not only did Amazon grab most of that, it grew its own cloud revenues by 55% and increased its overall market share.

Atheist 'mega-churches' take root across US, world Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 17:12

By Malek:

The world upside down!!! Atheists create new Churches. What is next? Including Confirmation in their "atheist" theories?

Atheists do  not believe in God but yet they want to join Churches - Imitate all rituals that religious people follow -

What is very strange is that Atheist keep criticizing or trying to reject God but then follow the same rituals non-atheists perform. From confirmation to Baptism and  now Church. And notice Church is on Sunday not any other day !!


Read the Below article from AP.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Several hundred people, including families with small children, packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God.


Nearly three dozen gatherings dubbed "atheist mega-churches" by supporters and detractors have sprung up around the U.S. and Australia — with more to come — after finding success in Great Britain earlier this year. The movement fueled by social media and spearheaded by two prominent British comedians is no joke.

On Sunday, the inaugural Sunday Assembly in Los Angeles attracted several hundred people bound by their belief in non-belief. Similar gatherings in San Diego, Nashville, New York and other U.S. cities have drawn hundreds of atheists seeking the camaraderie of a congregation without religion or ritual.


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